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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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FALLAH, M.; AZIMI, A.  and  TAHERKHANI, H.. Seroprevalence of toxocariasis in children aged 1-9 years in western Islamic Republic of Iran, 2003. East. Mediterr. health j. [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.5, pp. 1073-1077. ISSN 1020-3397.

We determined the seroprevalence of Toxocara canis infection in 544 children under 10 years randomly selected from urban and rural areas of Hamadan. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used for detection of antibodies to T. canis excretion-secretion antigens. Using a questionnaire, epidemiological factors associated with infection were examined, including age, sex, residence. Antibodies to T. canis were detected in 29 children (5.3%) and 19 children (3.5%) were categorized as borderline positive; thus together this gave a prevalence of toxocariasis of 8.8%. No significant differences were found in terms of sex, age and residence.

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